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Cool Duffel Bags For The Man On The Move

Time to upgrade your travel companion.

Suitcases certainly have their benefits but nothing makes those short-haul flights and business trips easier than a snazzy holdall; you know, a duffel bag. For men, particularly, it’s an essential travel accessory that comes in handy a lot more than you’d expect.

The great thing about duffel bags is that they can act as an extension to your outfit, much more so than cabin luggage. They’re made with everything from suede, to leather, to nylon, to recycled polyesters, and in general, the higher the price, the better the duffel bag. Sometimes you just can’t beat quality.

Another duffel bag or holdall benefit is practicality. Everything is just so much easier to grab with open-top zippered access, such as passports, keys, phones… whatever you need to enjoy your recreational time or business trips! The handles also make it super easy to carry, particularly when navigating busy airports and hotels in the center of town.

One key consideration when you make your first or next purchase is the size. Think about what you take away with you regularly that will take up a fair bit of space, like jumpers, boots, or sportswear, and get an understanding of how that translates into litres. And if you tend to take an extra pair of shoes and multiple outfits, you’ll have to ensure the bag has enough volume to fit those in.

A good duffel bag really is a must for the modern man, whether you’re heading to inter-state meetings or a stag weekend in Amsterdam. Below are the best brands of duffel bags for men that’ll elevate your luggage game, and may earn you that upgrade to first class.

Duffel Bag FAQ

What is a good size duffle bag?

For a weekend trip, small duffel bags with 40 liters capacity is good and compact enough to be carried. With longer trips, you may want a medium-sized duffer with a capacity of about 70 liters.

Are duffle bags allowed as checked luggage?

Yes, as long as the size of your duffle bag is within the airline's requirements for carry-on luggage. Generally, this means it should be no larger than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches. Most brands make a travel duffel bag that'll specify it meets carry-on size requirements.

What is the best material for duffle bags?

Duffle bags tend to get thrown around a lot in airports, so make sure you purchase something that will last. Canvas and leather may look stylish, but they are susceptible to scuffing unless they are coated or treated to be scuff-resistant, so keep an eye out for that if you really want a canvas or leather bag. Another great option is nylon as it's durable but still lightweight.

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